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Unity Challenge: Yoga

Adam Husler

An ex-boxer and ultramarathon runner, Adam Husler found yoga and never looked back. He has thousands of yoga teaching hours under his belt. Instructor at one of the world's top yoga studios, Triyoga, he also runs classes at renown gym, Equinox. On top of this, Adam leads workshops, trainings and teaches festivals continuously around the world.

Unity Challenge: Yoga

Join this week’s challenge to work towards mastering one of yoga’s coolest poses
Join this week’s challenge to work towards mastering one of yoga’s coolest poses

Unity Challenge: Yoga

Yoga is great for recovery and relaxation, but it can also be a challenging workout with poses that require impressive strength and balance. For this week’s challenge yoga teacher, Adam Husler, shares his tried and tested technique for mastering one of yoga’s coolest poses: the forearm stand.

Adam Husler

An ex-boxer and ultramarathon runner, Adam Husler found yoga and never looked back. He has thousands of yoga teaching hours under his belt. Instructor at one of the world's top yoga studios, Triyoga, he also runs classes at renown gym, Equinox. On top of this, Adam leads workshops, trainings and teaches festivals continuously around the world.

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These drills help my students master the forearm stand in rapid time. Do them everyday this week and use #UnityChallenge to let me know how you get on.

Of course, I don't expect you to perfect the forearm stand in one week, but if you train these drills everyday you'll be developing the strength, balance and technique required to do so.

Hold each pose for 30 seconds with a 20-second break before moving onto the next one. If a pose is too demanding, that's fine, simply repeat the previous pose for another 30 seconds.

Pose 1

Hold a plank position on your forearms, with your hands and elbows shoulder-width apart.

Pose 2

With relatively straight legs, walk your feet as close as you can to your elbows, moving your shoulders above your elbows. Hold it there on tip toes and don’t move your hands or arms.

Pose 3

Repeat Pose 2, but lift one leg up as high as possible. Don’t move your hands or arms, and hold on your tiptoes. Switch legs at 15 seconds.

Pose 4

Repeat Pose 3, but have your feet on the edge of a chair/bench. See if you can get your bum over your shoulders and lift up to tip toes. Switch legs at 15 seconds.

Pose 5

If you're flexible and can get your top leg high, tilt forward and hold both legs in the air for a split forearm balance. Repeat after 15 seconds with the other leg leading.

Ensure your hands and arms are shoulder-width throughout.

Need some more guidance? Check out my article for a video tutorial.

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